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Life During Wartime Reviews

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August 10, 2016
...mannered and self-conscious to an extreme.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
April 18, 2016
There's a creepy torque to Life During Wartime that is uniquely Solondz, and the high probability of viewers' unease is part of his program.
October 7, 2015
While "Happiness" chillingly depicted how all the characters succumb to desire and rejection, the new film's theme of their inability to exorcise the ghosts in their lives seems comparatively less grandiose.
August 15, 2011
A daring tragicomedy revolving around the theme of forgiveness and forgetting in the post-9/11 years.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 4, 2011
Strikes the right balance between funny, disturbing and truthful.
August 3, 2011
works extremely well, especially in the way its challenging material is contrasted by the bright, sunny cinematography, which captures southern Florida in all its gaudy, inferno-ice-cream-colored splendor
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2011
A typically horny-thorny Solondzian dramedy...Solondz's is a universe of limitless disappointment. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 1, 2011
A wonderful, must-own transfer by the Criterion Collection of one of last year's best films.
January 5, 2011
It feels a little wrong, even perverse, to describe a Todd Solondz film as 'fun'. But Life During Wartime - the sequel to his acclaimed and highly disturbing 1998 picture Happiness - is fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2011
I'd never have predicted something this mediocre.
December 27, 2010
Definitely not a film for everybody, but (Todd) Solondz fans...will find plenty to chew on as he continues his exploration into the wounded lives of three sisters and their fractured families.
| Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2010
Solondz... might have maintained sympathy for these characters before, but now seems to hate them as much as they hate themselves.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 1, 2010
A mere shadow of its predecessor.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2010
A perilous balancing act that the writer-director doesn't quite pull off, though he's populated it with an exceptional cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 23, 2010
Filmgoers who like their comedy so dark that they might forget to laugh will delight in Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2010
Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime" is full of characters who make the same mistakes over and over again, unable to change their bad habits. He must know just how they feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2010
Life During Wartime, which feels like a movie made to fulfill a contractual obligation, says nothing new, nothing that Happiness didn't already say, only better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 27, 2010
I don't know if this is a negative thing to say about a Solondz film, but there are ultimately glimmers in this one of what could almost be described as hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2010
The daring director is still a fascinating craftsman, but now we don't feel welcome in his dollhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 27, 2010
For all of Solondz's mischief, we sense he likes his unhelpable characters, and that they maybe like each other. A little bit, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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